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Strategy #6: Using the dictionary

Are looking up words in a dictionary a sign of days gone by? Not when this can make a difference in vocabulary building! Recent years have witnessed a surge of interest in dictionary research which suggests that readers who consult a dictionary tend to retain the word's meaning longer than contextual guessing. Online dictionaries, such as dictionary.com, make looking up a word even simpler. So call up or dust those dictionaries off--it may be time to bring them back to the classroom. Using a dictionary effectively is a metacognitive skill that helps students make strong connections to words. Pointing out features beyond the definition is often an eye-opening experience. Students should be encouraged to notice how words are formed and used as well as their histories and varieties across the ages.

Some notable features:
Definition of ravenous